Jessamine County received nearly $1 million from the Kentucky USDA Rural Development department Friday morning to go toward a new water storage tank in District No. 1.
USDA State Director Tom Fern presented a ceremonial check of $945,000 to Jessamine County Water District No. 1 chairman Carl Waits at the Cracker Barrel off U.S. 27, next to where the new storage tank is planned to be built.
The department awarded the Jessamine County water district a low-interest loan for a project that includes plans to construct a new million-gallon water-storage tank, a pump station and approximately 2,000 feet of water line.
To celebrate the occasion, several key members of the community came out to make speeches, including U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, state Rep. Bob Damron, state Sen. Tom Buford and Regina Crawford, a field representative for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Nicholasville Mayor Russ Meyer, Judge-Executive William Neal Cassity, and magistrates George Dean and Terry Meckstroth also came out to show their support for the project.
The tank is expected to provide adequate pressure and a safe and dependable water supply for the residents of Jessamine County’s Water District No. 1.
The total project cost is estimated at $3 million and additional funding is being provided through a $1.95 million grant from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and an applicant contribution of $105,000.
Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provide loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm-drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns with populations of 10,000 or fewer.
Read more about what officials had to say in the next Jessamine Journal.